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union

noun
 
 
/ˈjuːnjən/
[C] ( UK also trade union, US also labor union) HR, WORKPLACE an organization that represents the people who work in a particular industry, protects their rights and may agree pay, working conditions, etc. with their employers: "No date has yet been set for a strike, the union said in a statement to the press this morning. The unions are on strike over wage concerns. The political activity of each affiliated union is highly regulated by statute. a union spokesman/delegate/negotiator public-sector/public-employee/state-worker unions civil-service/white-collar/blue-collar unionsjoin/belong to a union The new generation of workers is less likely to join a union.
[C] a group of two or more countries that work together or that have the same government: the European Union
[S or U] the act of joining two or more things together, or the state of being joined together: Both bosses had a financial interest in making the merger work, as the success of the union of their two companies showed. economic/political/monetary union
→  See also company union , craft union , credit union , customs union , enterprise union , European Monetary Union , the European Union , general union , horizontal union , labor union , non-union , trade union
(Definition of union from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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